Charles Amirkhanian talks with Professor Rainer Schulte, editor of “Mundus Artium”, a thrice yearly periodical published by Ohio University, Athens Ohio. Schulte talks about the history of his journal of comparative literature and art (including essays of Stockhausen) and reads from his recent book of poems, “The Suicide at the Piano,” published by the Sono Nis Press of Vancouver. Schulte also mentions that some of his favorite poets growing up were Rainer Maria Rilke, Wallace Stevens, and T. S. Eliot, but when asked about political poems he is more circumspect, saying that most of them are no good, although there are some notable exceptions. Schulte also finds the New York School of poets, generally not to his personal taste, although some, like Ted Berrigan he would not mind publishing if offered the chance. Schulte is also not a big fan of concrete or visual poetry, but when it comes to sound poetry and text-sound compositions he is more optimistic, expressing an interest in exploring the medium and even wants to add moving imagery to his work. Also participating in the interview, which was first broadcast on January 1, 1971, are musician and composer Byrne Newhart and KPFA’s Terry Clarke.
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